The draft Coroners Bill aims to modernise the coroner system so that it provides a more effective response to bereaved families and others who are touched by the service. It will have new national leadership, while at the same time retaining the best features of a locally based service, and coroners will have new powers to carry out more effective investigations. The draft Coroners Bill was published on 12 June 2006.
A number of policy areas in the Coroners Bill have been revised in response to consultation. A briefing note comparing the proposals in the draft Bill and the revised Bill where significant policy changes have been made was published in March 2008.
The draft Bill and supporting documents
- Draft Coroners Bill [PDF 1.31mb, 128 pages]
- Draft charter for bereaved people [PDF 0.04mb, 6 pages]
- Regulatory impact assessment: 12 June 2006 [PDF 0.23mb, 39 pages]
- Coroners Bill - changes made resulting from consultation [PDF 0.18mb, 20 pages]